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Protecting People In People Powered Research

Most people know 23andMe empowers people to learn about themselves through their genetic information, but perhaps fewer know that a major part of our mission is to advance research. As the recent controversy involving a joint study published from Facebook and Cornell University on emotional contagion ...

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New Parkinson’s Findings Published

A large new study spearheaded by researchers with the National Institute on Aging that involved scientists from more than 50 different institutions worldwide — including 23andMe — has found new genetic risks for Parkinson’s disease. Published in this week’s Nature Genetics, the study is significant for ...

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Smithsonian Exhibit In The News

Back in June we told you about an awesome new exhibit at the Smithsonian “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code.”  Maybe you didn’t want to take our word on it, but how about The New York Times. Last week the paper of record had a nice overview of the exhibit, which goes a long way to up visitors genetic literacy ...

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For Your Eyes Only

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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Three New Research Projects from 23andMe

23andMe received more than half a million dollars recently from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for three research projects. The grants support some of the important online genome-wide association studies 23andMe has pioneered — in this case one grant will go towards research into the genetics of ...

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A Map of the Uncharted Genome

We’re a little late to the party, but yesterday a consortium of scientists, who are part of a project called The Encyclopedia of DNA Elements, or ENCODE, came out with what some are calling a roadmap of the human genome. It’s a big party. More than 400 scientists worked on the project, which was funded ...

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23andMe Launches Its First NIH Funded Study

  By Amy Kiefer and Kim Barnholt 23andMe is excited to announce the launch of our first National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research project. In the fall of 2010, 23andMe received a NIH Small Business Innovative Research Grant (SBIR) to validate our web-based approach to pharmacogenomics ...

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NIH to Create Public Database of Genetic Tests

Today the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced its plans to create a public database in which genetic test providers will voluntarily deposit information about their services that can then be searched by researchers, consumers, health care providers, and others. The aim of this Genetic Testing ...

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23andMe Parkinson’s Research Initiative Progress Update

By Nick Eriksson, 23andMe Principal Scientist, and Lizzie Dorfman, Parkinson's Research Project Manager Less than a year ago we announced the launch of the 23andMe Parkinson’s Research Initiative. Since then, we have built one of the world's most useful resources for studying the genetics of Parkinson's ...

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The Story of Henrietta Lacks: A Lesson in Biology and Ethics

Editor's note: We posted this a couple of years ago, but in light on the historic agreement between the family of Henrietta Lacks and National Institutes of Health, we thought it worthy of re-posting. Also read Carl Zimmer's great piece in the New York Times. The post has been slightly changed from the ...

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